Scenes: (12) Hiking at Saint Cathrine!


Caution: This post is so interesting! 😛

When I listed “mountain climbing” on my bucket list, I didn’t expect any chances, but it turned out I was unaware that fate had other plans! 😀 Spending the new years eve at Saint Cathrine mountains, southern Sinai felt like a dream, or an episode on National Geographic!

Needless to say, it wasn’t easy whatsoever! The nine-hour bus ride was so tiresome, but  as you arrive to the mountains and let the night cold breeze tickle your nose, and see the literally twinkling twinkling little stars, you just feel numb! I’ve never seen something so beautiful! I wish my digital compact camera could capture the scene! 😦

We started climbing just before midnight. The 7 kilometers until the top were a slippery steep path with endless hitches (I couldn’t make out what they were, because it was jet-black dark. Our torches could barely illuminate one step ahead.) The temperature was probably sub-zero, but of course we were sweating! I’m glad and thankful for the fact that I was the fittest among my friends! 😀

As the path ends, a whole new challenge begins! 750 rocky steps until the top! Taken the fact that we spent the prior couple of hours slipping and tumbling, that was distilled torture! I lost my friends in darkness, and took the steps with only one friend and a single torch!

Around 3 a.m, we made it to the top! I proudly was among the people who made it early! The weather was FREEZING, and we had more than 3 hours until sunrise, so we had to descend some steps down to a shelter, seeking some warmth!

When the golden lights of threads began sneaking into horizon, it was time to get up to the top once more. Enough talking, see for yourself!

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I thought the hardest part was over, but as we started descending, I instantly realized I was so wrong! I could now see what the hitches were; small pebbles and sands that make it impossible to stay steady! I slipped tens of times!

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I’d started thinking about my cozy bed at home and was beginning to get angry before something SO special happened! For the first time in my entire life I saw snow! REAL SNOW! I almost cried and kept jumping like a kid! 😀

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I was home by 8 p.m that day, and no words can ever describe how accomplished and delighted I feel! 😀 😀

Scenes: (11) Graduation rituals!


Date: Thursday, January 2.

Place: Faculty of medicine, Ain Shams University.

Event: Fun-day (graduation ceremony).

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The most awaited day has finally come! One last day at college, but with no classes to attend or exams to stress for. No enough words can express how memorable the day was. Friends, laughter, music, photo sessions, autograph signing, fireworks and everybody just having fun!

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Then came the most exciting moment; pot shattering! In old Egyptian traditions, when someone leaves a place and you don’t want them to ever come back, you break a clay pot at the doorstep. So every year, fresh medical graduates have this pot-breaking-frenzy at the gates of college! I saved my pot by the way! 😉 😛

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This is less than half my class! Photo by: Horizon Photography – Sherif Elhosseiny.

Beginners’ luck!


You must remember how I kept begging you all to like my photo, so I could qualify to the final level of my school’s photography contest. Well, it paid off! The winner is declared and guess what? C’est moi!! 😀

Though I’m nothing but an amateur beginner, I was told the “jury”  got so impressed by  my photos and that I got the highest score! YAAY! 😀

Here’s a sample of my entries:

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For the record, it was an unofficial contest, which means the winner gets nothing, but I feel so happy and proud!

It’s beginners’ luck! 😉 😀

Scenes: (10) Accidental awesomeness!


Photography for me has always been mere a click on the shutter button and waiting for what comes. The other day my friend showed me some photos she captured using her professional camera. It got me jealous to be honest, I spent the rest of the day reading my camera’s manual, and astonishingly, I discovered pretty awesome features I never was aware that my modest camera has!

Here’re some photos I shot at college today!

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Same tree, “Super Vivid effect”.

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Scenes: (9) ‘Cause blue is beautiful! :)


It’s been so long since I last saw the sea. Every year my family packs and go have all the fun while I enviously sit at my desk studying! A couple of days ago, I finally managed to go with my friends and have one hell of an insanely cool two-days stay in a lovely resort at “Ain El Sukhna”, eastern Egypt! Here’s an excerpt of its beauty! 😀

# Special thanks to my dear friend Nermien and her lovely mom for organizing and hosting the whole trip! 😀

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Scenes: (8) Night charm..


You just can’t resist the moon as it lingers up there illuminating that gloomy sky! Here are some photos I shot a while ago before drowning into my exams.. Wish me luck, I still have 6 tough weeks ahead!

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Scenes: (7) Sunrise!


It’s been a while since I last captured photos; such luxury isn’t at hand with final exams emerging at the horizon. However, I couldn’t help but grab my camera few days back when I happened to be awake to watch the sun rising! 😀

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Scenes (6): Jan. 25th, claquette #2!


“We’re not celebrating! We’re resuming our revolution!”

That was the spirit today! The scene was breath-taking, not only at Tahrir square, which was “stuffed” with people, but also at every nearby street and square, as well as most of the Egyptian cities! People marched everywhere demanding the SCAF to step down and aiming to confirm how absurd any celebration before “avenging our martyrs” would be.. I so longed to be there, but my VERY overprotective mother forbade me to go!

Here are my favorite shots for today:

# Marching in Alexandria!
Source: http://t.co/hpnPUR0s

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# A huge march crossing “Qasr El Nile” bridge to Tahrir!
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# Tahrir today!
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# Tahrir, just before sunset!
Source: http://www.facebook.com/ENN.News

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“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” ~ Che Guevara.

Scenes: (5) Students vs. Killers!


As long as authorities keep oppressing, murdering and stealing our rights, all the photos I capture are going to portray marches and protests..

Last Wednesday and the day after, I marched to the Ministry of Defense, protesting against SCAF‘s brutal crimes and killing our colleagues along with thousands of students from many colleges, chanting “Down with SCAF” and demanding them to “LEAVE”!

# Here’s how the SCAF secured the building:

Because killers always hide..

# Girls hugely took part in the protest:

# Random:

A poster for Alaa Abd El Hady, hung over a lamp-post..

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Praying..

# A video uploaded by one of the organizers:

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Scenes: (4) Capturing magnificence!


It’s been like forever since I last had a perfect mini-vacation. My last 4 days were beyond perfect! 😀
Spending a good time with my family whether indoors or hanging out, enjoying the terrific scenes of Cairo was exactly what I needed to get out of the ordinary routine of college. My sister & I have captured HUNDREDS of photos. I’ve been shuffling through the pics for hours before finally settling on these!

#Al-Masah Hotel & Spa:

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Green areas are endless in there, it’s the right place for kids, for a barbecue and even for meditating-nature-lovers! 🙂

#Wandering with a “Nile Bus”:

I’m sorry they haven’t yet invented cameras to capture the soothing Autumn breeze!!

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El Gezirah Hotel.

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Four Seasons Hotel.

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Widest part of the Nile.

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Nile cruise.

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Another Nile cruise & “Cairo Tower”  behind.

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Cairo Tower.

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Cairo Tower, far view.

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Cairo Tower, fading at the horizon..

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World’s highest flagpole, a recent record in Guinness!

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“Ramses Hilton” hotel.

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“Maspiro” building.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs building.

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Isn’t it magnificent?? 😀